Evaluating children for developmental concerns

child care providers

The Child Development Clinic evaluates young Vermont children (generally up to age 8) who are thought to a developmental difference or developmental disability.

While all children develop at their own pace, some children develop at a rate that may concern parents and providers.There are many possible causes of differences in a child’s social, motor, language or play skills. These range from developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, genetic disorders, learning disabilities, hearing or vision impairments, and the effects of medical illnesses or injuries.

A child’s environment, including exposure to certain substances (such as alcohol or lead), as well as toxic stress can also affect a child’s development. Regardless of medical history, all children should be screened for developmental delay by their primary care provider.

What is the Child Development Clinic?

As part of Children with Special Health Needs, the Child Development Clinic provides developmental evaluation for children who are thought to have a developmental concern, cognitive disability, or autism spectrum disorder, or a known condition affecting development. Visits are at no cost to families.

The Child Development Clinic can:

  • Help make a diagnosis
  • Work with primary care and specialty care providers
  • Work with early intervention and education
  • Assist with care coordination, including: team meetings, referrals for community supports, and help completing application and organizing services
How do we begin?

With parent permission, primary care providers or Children’s Integrated Services/Early Intervention may make a referral to Child Development Clinic. Simply call our central office at Children with Special Health Needs in Burlington at 800-660-4427 or 802-863-7338 and speak with the intake staff. The clinic coordinator will determine if a Child Development Clinic evaluation is appropriate, or if another resource may be more helpful.

Who will work with the child?

The members of the clinic team are based on the geographic area where the child lives, the child’s age, and developmental stage. The child and family will be seen by a combination of clinicians, such as: medical social worker, developmental pediatrician, and neuropsychologist, psychologist, nurse practitioner, or other child development clinician.

Where is the clinic?

The Child Development Clinic serves all regions of Vermont. Contact our central office in Burlington at 800-660-4427 or 802-863-7338 to find the clinic location nearest to you.

For Providers
Contact us

Child Development Clinic
Children with Special Health Needs
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, Box 70
Burlington, VT 05401

Tel: 800-660-4427 or 802-863-7338
Fax: 802-863-7635